4Chan and Reddit users reportedly launched a new body-shaming campaign called Project Harpoon that wonders: “If the Tumblr fat acceptance/feminists make a big deal over photoshopping video game characters to make them look fatter than what they are, why don’t we photoshop their own photos to make them thinner, more attractive, and, well, normal?”
The red-headed model has called for a boycott of Project Harpoon and any other sites like it.
Several of the photos use plus-size model Tess Holiday’s image without her consent who has spoken out against this campaign.
“By Project Harpoon (what a disgusting, trash name), asking Facebook users to compare and contrast these two images they are reinforcing that women are objects to be judged, purely on their looks”.
To be perfectly honest, when I saw my photo, my first reaction was to laugh because they described me a “depressed chub”.
The images are accompanied with the hashtags #SkinnyAcceptance and #ThinnerBeauty, as well as comments like, “Meghan Trainor might be a lot more popular if she was what the industry wanted her to be!” The versions of me smaller aren’t even anatomically correct and my limbs are all stretched out like I’m made of Play-Doh.
Melissa McCarthy, Holliday, Rebel Wilson and Ashley Graham are just a few of the women who have been targeted by the account.
The pages have since been removed from Facebook and Instagram after the media went into a frenzy and this turned into a conversation about body shaming, which is how many viewed this page and its creators to be guilty of.
Although the Facebook page seems created to elicit outrage, Holliday, for one, isn’t spending too much time thinking about them. “Shut this page down”.
The objectification of the female form contributes to a space where women feel unwelcome; the sexism of these spaces is palpable (I’m talking about you, #GamerGate), and that’s all the more reason it needs to change.
One totally right Instagram user wrote; There are lovely women killing themselves every day because of what you’re doing and you glorify the fact that you have a page bullying people to promote that thin is prettier. Followers are asked to comment on which image looks better.
Pictures are posted without permission and some famous women.